The Rockland County Youth Bureau has announced that positions are available for Rockland Conservation & Service Corps (RC&SC), formerly known as Rockland County AmeriCorps, for motivated people who are at least 17 years of age to perform stipend-compensated outdoor, environmental community service this summer in the county. Conservation Corps members are required to serve 300 hours from late May until August at sites that will include the Rockland County Division of Environmental Resources, the Town of Clarkstown Planning Department, the Town of Ramapo, the Rockland County Drainage Agency, Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority and Cornell Cooperative Extension among other potential sites. Typically at these host sites, members have educated the public about ecological conservation and environmental health issues, conducted field research, built and maintained nature trails, taught environmental education at camps, created gardens, patrolled streams, facilitated clean ups and implemented recycling programs.
Fifty hours of training at Cornell Cooperative Extension are included in the 300-hour time commitment. Members are trained in areas including environmental education, trail building, conservation, curriculum development, leadership, team building, safety as well as a variety of other pertinent topics. In addition, RC&SC members receive the benefit of a $2,000 living stipend, which is delivered in bi-weekly paychecks. This is a full-time (35-40 hours per week) opportunity (considered community service, not a job) over the summer, and candidates who apply, interview and are selected for the program will have a summer schedule that will permit the completion of the 300-hour time commitment. Applications are accepted until positions are filled, but there are a limited amount of positions available. The program will begin in late May with the bulk of the service taking place June through August. Candidates can request an application by calling 845-708-7308 or by e-mail [email protected].